Category Archives: Films 2012

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

I don’t care that this 1940 version of  “The Thief of Bagdad” is set in some indeterminate past, nor that it involves Arabian legends, nor does it matter a whit to me who the villain was in the 1924 Douglas … Continue reading

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The Crying Game (1992)

Nothing bothers me more about films (or music, or whatever, honestly) than hype. That’s one reason I never owned a copy of “Thriller”: I couldn’t stand the hype. I should note that years later, I still think “Thriller” is a … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

“Foreign Correspondent” is a lovely example of what I’d call a “rainy afternoon film.” It’s not one of Hitchcock’s best–not like “Rear Window,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” etc–but it’s a neat little thriller set in the waning days of pre-WW2 … Continue reading

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My Life as a Dog (1985)

“My Life as a Dog” follows the life of a young boy going through some rough times, and how he uses his imagination and eccentricity to escape. His name is Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius). He’s eleven or so when the film … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

“The Philadelphia Story” is your typical girl is ready to marry boy, but girl’s ex shows up, along with two undercover reporters pretending they’re friends of girl’s brother, but girl’s ex tells girl that reporters are reporters (deep breath) screwball … Continue reading

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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

While I watched “The Birth of a Nation,” I thought of many ways to start this review–believe me, the thing is over three hours long, so I had time. Then I’d see something else, and I’d have to rethink my … Continue reading

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The General (1926)

Some days are just depressing. You wander around your world, and you just have this cloud over you. Well, I do. Monday was one of those. I’d been sick all weekend, and missed work again. I was feeling a little … Continue reading

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Tommy Boy (1995)

(First things first: Thanks Little Brother for giving me this dvd for my birthday) One of the most surreal things I’ve ever read on IMDB.com is the following Trivia entry for “Tommy Boy”: The film is actually an update of … Continue reading

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Wilby Wonderful (2004)

My Canadian friend, Emily, and I joke that I should move to her beloved Nova Scotia at once. After watching “Wilby Wonderful,” I might just do that (even though they have freezing fog there–what the hell is that about???) In … Continue reading

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Summer With Monika (1953) (orig: Sommaren med Monika)

Ingmar Bergman could direct “Tommy Boy,” and make it dark and stern. Whew. I just had to say that. Confession is good for the soul. Tonight, I watched “Summer With Monika,” Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 story of two young people stuck … Continue reading

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